Why the change of position? I seriously doubt that the subject of these photos would come as a big surprise to those who already have an anti-American sentiment.
It’s not enough to merely make abuse and torture illegal. I think the truth of the extent to which the United States engaged in the activities need to be brought to the light of day. I also think the people who perpetrated the torture should be prosecuted from the top down.
There is a saying that “you are only as sick as your secrets” and I believe that to be true. I think that as a nation we need to see exactly what was done in our name and for recompense to be made when appropriate. The way to move forward and regain our moral standing is to completely expose the nature of the wrongs and determine to never again engage in those wrongs.
By Michael D. Shear and Scott Wilson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 13, 2009; 1:10 PM
President Obama will oppose the release of several dozen photos depicting abuse of detainees held in U.S. military custody abroad, reversing his previous position on the grounds that the pictures could inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops.
In announcing the shift today, the White House said in a statement that Obama “strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing US forces, and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Another ACLU lawyer handling the suit said that the photos will depict a pattern by U.S. officials of improperly treating detainees.
“We expect the government to hold true to their word,” Amrit Singh said yesterday. “It is critical that they be released so that the full scope and scale of prisoner abuse can be examined by the public.”